Robert Langer ’70 receives Dr. Paul Janssen Award

Renowned biotechnologist and chemical engineer Robert Langer ’70 received the 2024 Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research during a half-day virtual symposium, Feb. 8, in his honor.

The Dr. Paul Janssen Award is given annually by Johnson & Johnson to scientists who have made a transformational contribution toward the improvement of human health. Langer, a graduate of the Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is the most cited engineer in history and holds more than 1,400 patents.

Langer received the award “for his groundbreaking work in designing novel drug delivery systems that can deliver medications continuously, precisely and at controlled rates over extended periods,” according to an announcement by award co-presenter The New York Academy of Sciences. “His pioneering research into biomedical compounds for drug delivery and tissue engineering has impacts on a wide range of medical technologies, including anticancer therapy, vaccine development (including the COVID-19 vaccine), gene therapy and more.”

The award comes on the heels of Langer receiving the 2023 Cornell Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award.

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